A man believed to have been involved in a 2008 attack on the PlayStation Network has been given a year of house arrest.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the sentence doesn’t relate to the hack itself, but for obstructing a federal investigation; he is said to have smashed his computers when the FBI began its investigation into his possible role in the attack.
The court heard that the accused was part of the hacker group KCUF, which led an attack on the PSN in 2008. Without his computers, the FBI could not prove his involvement – or disprove it, either.
The 23 year old said he was “immature and ignorant and caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time” when he destroyed the computers.
The sentence could have brought down a $250,000 and 20 years in prison, but resulted instead in one year of house arrest and three years probation. The culprit was also ordered to obtain a high school equivalent qualification. The judge apparently went a bit easy because the former alleged hacker has recently shucked off a troubled childhood to hold down a steady job.
The 2008 attack was not related to that of April 2011.